Going to church is good for your physical and your spiritual health, research from the Evangelical Alliance (EA) has claimed.
According to a poll carried out by the organisation, two-thirds of evangelical Christians surveyed in late 2015 said their church offered practical support for those facing health issues.
More than nine out of 10 evangelicals said they had been in good health during the past year, compared to just three-quarters of all English adults, according to official statistics. Even more said that Christians should lead healthy lifestyles to look after their God-given bodies.
The research, published in the Alliance’s latest Idea magazine, aimed to show that attending church had a vital role to play in health and wellbeing. Amaris Cole, editor at the EA, said, ‘The church is great for providing care for people, and helping them when times are tough. Evangelicals clearly benefit from their beliefs, and the community around them can make a life-changing difference’.
‘But there’s much more that the church can do to promote healthy lifestyles — less than one in 10 have heard sermons on living a healthy lifestyle or other health issues; if our bodies are temples, we need to help people look after them’. The EA also released a 10 step guide for churches to help their congregation live healthier lives.
But perhaps the EA needs to read again Paul’s words to Timothy, ‘For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come’ (1 Timothy 4:8).